Goa is one of the hotspot tourist destinations of India. Capturing a lengthy stretch of more than 100 Km in the western coastline of India, it is not only a famous vacation gateway amongst Indian travelers but also an ecstatic destination for foreign tourists. Be it the nightlife, beach parties, casinos, flea markets, watersports, beach shacks, historical monuments or churches, Goa is known to attract its visitors with a wide range of amusing destinations.
However, it is not always that the vibrant reserves Goa from the bustling beaches of Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna etc, gets all the attention. This incredible vacation spot is known for providing a relaxed retreat for the guests. The tranquil ambiance of Goa brings you stress-free time in solace, which attracts tourists from all over the world.
Although South Goa beaches like Palolem, Colva, Agonda, Majorda, Benaulim etc are known to offer a calm ambiance, there is a lengthy list of North Goa beaches which are nowhere less than the southern counterparts. Sitting on the silky sand beds, watching the twinkling stars overhead with cool sea breeze gently touching the soul, can give you a surreal experience.
There are several beaches in North Goa that can satisfy your quest to explore the tranquillity of Goa. Here are a few suggestions which will help you to explore.
Ozran Beach: Located in the North of Anjuna and South of Vagator, this beach is secluded and spectacular. It is also known as Small or Little Vagator as it is an extension of popular Vagator Beach in North Goa. Ozran is a rocky beach which can be accessed traversing a flight of stairs. You can also take your bike down the slope to Ozran Beach. The beach has the face of Shiva carved onto a rock by one of the tourists. There are many beach shacks in Ozran, which offers delicious food and drinks. The magnificent view of the beach from the hilltop is definitely a visionary treat. There are several hotels at Ozran Beach that varies within budgeted to higher price range.
Morjim Beach: It is another serene and quaint beach from Northern part of Goa. Located next to Ashwem Beach, it is a 3 Km long stretch that begins where the famous Chapora River meets the Arabian Sea. Morjim is famed for being the nesting ground of the nearly extinct Olive Ridley Turtle. The beach is also colloquially known as ‘Little Russia’ because of the majority of Russian tourists. The beach is quieter and the calmer ideal for leisurely time and sunbath. But, Morjim Beach also ensures that its visitors can spend a gala time here and offers activities like kite surfing etc. Visitors loved to be photographed at the cross located at the rock podium on the beach. The shacks offer mouth-watering food starting from liquors till pancakes. You can enjoy an affordable stay with a wide rundown of budget hotels at Morjim Beach.
Ashwem Beach: Located between Morjim and Mandrem beach, Ashwem is one of the cleanest beaches of North Goa. The beach is a part of a long stretch that starts from the banks of the Chapora River, in the south, and covers entire Ashwem shoreline. One can enjoy the most quaint and peaceful holiday at Ashwem Beach. There are quite a few eateries in Ashwem Beach offering multi-cuisine
delicacies. The waves are gentle and ideal for swimmers. The shoreline is bordered with palm trees, which makes it look beautiful. Along with budget hotels, there are plentiful beach resorts at Ashwem Beach offering a peaceful vacation. All you need to do is just open the curtain of your room and overlook the scenic view of the Arabian Sea!
Mandrem Beach: One of the northernmost beaches in Goa, Mandrem Beach is sandwiched between serene Ashwem Beach in the south and Arambol Beach also fondly known as ‘Backpackers Paradise in the north. Located in the Pernem region of Goa, the Mandrem beach is only 7.6 Km away from Arambol Beach. Stretching only 790 meters long, Mandrem is a white sandy beach, which remains quiet even in the peak tourist season. It is beautifully landscaped with casuarina and palm trees along the shoreline. You get a great option for staying at Mandrem ranging from budget to luxurious hotels. You can also vouch for luxurious bungalows at Mandrem Beach, which offers deluxe stay and enticing food and drinks. There are beach shacks with sun beds where you can relax, enjoy your food and drink, witnessing the natural beauty of the shoreline.
These pristine beaches can be easily reached via road, rail, and air. They are located within a distance ranging between 50 to 60 km from both Vasco Da Gama railway station and Dabolim Airport. The taxi fares vary between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500 and Rs 1800 to Rs 2400 respectively. However, during peak season the price can go higher a bit. So, if you are planning to book a tour package for Goa or visit on your own this season, consider these appealing beaches for your stay. Enjoy a relaxed holiday and experience the picturesque and serene Goa.